Ugh. This cutesy account of the fantastic, fame-mad Jacqueline Susann is a squandered opportunity for mixing tragedy, blind ambition, sex, and celebrity into an overheated yet still moving masterpiece about a polarizing figure from American literary pop culture.
How do I know the potential of this story? Because Michele Lee (the grounded and long-suffering Karen from Knots Landing) brought it to fruition with her 1998 TV-movie version about Susann, which delved far deeper into Read the rest of this entry »
directed by Robert Stevenson; screenplay by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi; story by Gordon Burford
Quite different from the film I remember from my childhood.
First, it’s a children’s film that doesn’t have a child in a single frame. I’d like to order more of those.
Second, Herbie doesn’t really have that much of a personality and isn’t even really recognized as a sentient being until an hour through the movie – when he attempts suicide by hurling himself off the Golden Gate Bridge. That Read the rest of this entry »